Four Things Friday

1. As a non-Valentine’s Day celebrator, I best Valentine’s Day. As you know, Cory went to 6 AM Body Pump with me, but the fun didn’t stop there, my friends. After work we had a super-fancy dinner at Chick-fil-a. We split a milkshake on the drive home and spent the rest of the night lounging around. It was perfect.

 

2. On the way home from Chick-fil-a (while gulping down a milkshake),we stopped by Walgreens because Cory was APPALLED that I’d never tried a Whitman’s Sampler(?) “REALLY?! How could you have NEVER tried a Whitman’s Sampler?!” I then reminded him that he’s been my Valentine for the past 7 years, so if anyone is to blame… ;)

3. I made it to yoga this morning. I’m still super inflexible. I’m wondering how long it’s going to take before I can keep my legs straight during anything.

4. The winner of the Love Grown Foods Hot Oats give away is #69, Gina!

Congratulations, Gina! Please email me your mailing address to lunchboxdiaries[at]gmail[dot]com!

Have a great weekend, my friends! I’ll catch ya later! :)

Sunday Date Day

Happy Monday, ladies and gents! I hope this weekend was exactly what you needed it to be. I know mine was!

It was filled with friends, yoga, and down time, but Sunday was my favorite because got to spend all day with Cory. He was skiing all day Saturday, so it was great to have an “us” day on Sunday.

It started off with a date at our new favorite place, Brick House Diner. I love that the staff is super friendly, the service is unbelievably fast, and we haven’t tasted one bad bite yet.

We’re notorious people watchers, and often find ourselves listening to other people’s conversations when we’re eating out. Because of that, I always wonder if anyone who might look at us would mistake us for a couple who has nothing to talk about!

After breakfast and listening to other people’s conversations, we headed to another one of my favorite places:

As my friend LK pointed out, it looks like we arrived at 6 AM because no one was in the parking lot. We ended up getting there 5 minutes before the opened – it was so odd to NOT have to navigate a crowd. Just another perk of being a 55 year old trapped in a 25 year old’s body ;)

Our third stop (all before noon, I might add) was the movie theatre.

Zero Dark Thirty was INTENSE. The movie starts out with a black screen and actual phone calls from people on September 11th. My mom is a flight attendant, and was flying that day in 2001, and my heart still races when I see and hear stuff from that day.

That said, it was fascinating. It was Cory’s pick, but I was enthralled the entire time.

All in all, it was a great date day! Now, it’s off to work…and then class. Ugh. Wish me well. This is the LAST SEMESTER of my graduate school career!

 

 

A Night at CineBistro

I’ll tell you the truth – I rarely go see a movie in the theatre.

The overwhelming smell of stale, buttery popcorn genuinely makes me nauseous, my feet stick to the floor, and I always end up with a pack of snotty pre-teens sitting right behind me.

My seat back is not your foot rest, Little Princess. 

Well, there is an exception to every rule, and for this story, the exception is CineBistro. Guys, CineBistro is the Target of movie theaters. Everything you could ever want (i.e. movies, big seats, huge arm rests, food, and booze) is there, and you’ll probably leave spending more money than originally intended.

I mean, how can you say no to a few cocktails prior to your viewing experience? (Or running into a pretty new blog friend!!)

Cory wasn’t drunk, it was so hard taking iPhone pics in a dark room!

Oh, did I mention that CineBistro is a 21 and up movie theatre? That’s right, my friends, you don’t ever have to worry about that pack of pre-teens kicking your seat and laughing during the best parts (the previews, duh.)

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While corn dog nuggets dipped in cheese sauce washed down by blue slushy can make any viewing experience a pleasurable one, it really can’t beat salmon, a vodka cocktail, and chocolate cake.

Or rock shrimp mac ‘n cheese.

I’m telling you – if you want to make a night of seeing a movie, you might as well just find the CineBistro closest to you. I can honestly say, once you visit one, it’ll be mighty difficult to ever go back to a regular theatre.

Let’s chat – What’s the last movie you saw in theaters?

Soaking Up the Nothingness

Guys.

This weekend was so perfect.

Cory and I had no plans, and after traveling/having plans every weekend for the last two months, we soaked up the nothingness like it was our job.

Well, sort of.

On Friday we did do a little something – but it was local and it felt free because we bought the Groupon months ago. We headed over to Colonial Downs, a horse racing track, with Jamie and Emily.

We love Groupon because of the ideas it gives us for nights out with friends/date nights. I would have never said “Hey, let’s spend our Friday night betting on horse races” but when we saw the Groupon, we thought it sounded like a cool idea.

And it was.

People there were real serious about their bets. They picked their horses with the help of home-made binders full of important looking stats sheets, while we picked horses based on their funny names (ManChild was my favorite.)

Maybe that’s why other people won dolla dolla bills – and we won spare change…

We had a blast, and when it was all said and done, we were home and in bed by 11:00. And that, ladies and gents, is how I like to do things ;)

Saturday was when we literally sat on the couch all day. We slept in (until 7:45) and took Campbell for an hour-long walk to prepare him for a day of lounging.

Cory and I were not going to let whiny, full-of-energy dog ruin our peaceful day of nothingness.

Our plan worked ;)

Sunday, we slept in again (!!) and meandered over to this little hole-in-the wall for breakfast ;)

Cory introduced me to Cracker Barrel for the first time when I was a freshman. That’s when I was still a little crazy, so I don’t think I ate much. But this time – I was ready. Um, maple syrup in airplane-like bottles? Yes please!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, my friends! Have a great Monday! :)

Let’s chat:

  • What did you think of the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics? I DVR’d it, so I think the ability to fast forward enhanced my viewing experience. It was definitely cool – but some parts I was like, “What’s going on right now?”
  • Are you a Cracker Barrel fan?! I am now. The pancakes, eggs, and sourdough toast (+ blackberry jam) were all so delicious!  

Thursday Thoughts

1. I received a sample NatureBox in the mail yesterday! I have been looking forward to it for weeks now, and I’m pretty excited about all it’s contents. But the winner so far? The dried pear slices.

2. For the past two weeks, Cory has been enthusiastically involved with X-Team Fitness, a bootcamp style class. Every morning at 6:00, 60 – 85 people meet up at a designated spot, and they do all kinds of crazy shit.

Well, today I did all kinds of crazy shit. Like trail running while it’s still dark out. Like sit-ups and push-ups on the ground that is still soaked from yesterday’s rain. I have scratches all up and down my legs, and I think I almost fell to my death three times.

All I’ve got to say is: Get ready for BodyPUMP on Saturday morning, Cory! ;)

3. I believe Casey Anthony has found The Lunchbox Diaries via Google search.

I know the exact post that led that psycho search term to my blog – but I’m betting the premeditating murderer individual was deeply disappointed. Seriously? Who searches body in a suitcase? That’ll come back to bite him/her in the ass during the trial.

4. Last week Cory and I went to Sweet Frog, and I almost stormed out in a fit of rage because there were no rainbow sprinkles.

All of my postings on Facebook are extremely mature and serious, I know. But don’t fret about my rainbow sprinkle withdrawal – I got a fix last night ;)

5. Speaking of lashing out in a fit of rage – my allergies are INSANE right now. Can anyone else commiserate with me on this one? Also – the vision in my right eye is constantly blurry. Has anyone else had that happen with their allergies? 

I’ll try my best not to WebMD it. I’m not trying to plan my own funeral today.

Let’s chat – Have you ever WebMD’d an ailment, only to realize you have 27.5 hours to live? Yeah, me too. Twice. 

Scenes from the Weekend

The weekend started off in Richmond with searching for a place to live. You know, because we’re moving in 12 days.

Saturday was spent in Georgetown at CB2 (I’m obsessed. Find one near you!) and Sprinkles.

I ended up with the Salty Caramel cupcake. I was quite pleased with my decision.

We’re on a roll with places we want to eat at before we leave, so that night we hopped over to Thai Basil. The owner, at this location, beat Bobby Flay in a throw down :) I can’t even tell you what I got, as I couldn’t pronounce 90% of the menu – but it was delicious!

We have a Sunday tradition of going to Mass and then grabbing some breakfast. Yesterday we ended up at Manhattan Bagel and I ordered an egg and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel. SO GOOD!

Sunday dinner was a homemade recipe that one of my classmates gave me. It was a Rosemary Lemon Chicken dish that was really good! I’ll have the recipe up for you all shortly! :)

And of course, Campbell was trying to send me the message that I should not go to the gym – rather, I should sit on the floor and pet him all day.

Now I’m off to start my last week at work! So strange. Have a great Monday, my friends!

Let’s chat – What was the best thing you ate all weekend? I’ve got to say I loved every bite of that Salty Caramel cupcake from Sprinkles, even if I did have a sugar headache afterwards ;)

Real Haunted Houses

Hi. My name is Colleen and yesterday morning I ran TEN MILES. (You can pick yourself up from off the floor now.)

Before Cory left for work, I said “Oh, Christ. Today I’m running nine miles.”

Rather than saying, “Wow, I’m impressed with you, dear.” he said “Make it ten.”

I put the “make it ten” in bold, but it wasn’t really that dramatic. It was said in between bites of Frosted Flakes. Regardless, I took it as a challenge. So when I got to the treadmill and reminded myself that I don’t really enjoy odd numbers, I decided Why the hell not? I’ll make it ten.

And I did! Man, oh man, I was limping on Cloud Nine for the rest of the day :)

Real Haunted Houses

The good day didn’t stop there! Cory and I used a LivingSocial deal and went on a walking haunted houses tour of DC. It was so neat. Our first stop was the Octagon House, which is apparently super haunted.

We saw The Decatur House and several others at Lafayette Park.

We also visited the Hay Adams Hotel, the hotel in which each president stays the night before his inauguration, is haunted by Clover Adams who committed suicide in her home in 1885. When the top floor of the hotel underwent renovations a few years ago, the entire hotel was shut down. The hotel lost tons of money doing this, but it was done because ghosts do not appreciate renovations and frequently act up…

And last but not least, we stopped at the coolest haunted house in DC

It was rainy and frigid…please excuse my appearance.

The White House is apparently haunted as well! I couldn’t help but think of Heather while we were hearing these stories. Did you know the Abe Lincoln is the most active ghost in the White House? It’s said that ghosts normally stick around the place in which they suffered the most, and homeboy Lincoln had many a sad time in The White House :(

It’s horrible to say, but sometimes I forget that I live a few miles from the Nation’s Capital – and I’ve lived here my entire life! Cory and I both agreed that we need to take more advantage of living in such a neat place :)

Do you believe in ghosts? I absolutely do!

If you’re dressing up for Halloween – what’s your costume?! No dressing up for me this year!

I’ve Always Been Fashion Forward [Ha.]

Readers Beware: Today’s post is a compilation of complete randomness. I hope you’re okay with that.

Random Story #1: When I was younger, I used to hate getting clothes as gifts. Things never fit correctly, and no one seemed to understand my style. I would always think, Really? You honestly thought I would like this itchy sweater?

Because let’s be honest, I was an extremely fashion forward young girl.

But times have changed, my friends. I’m now a grown ass woman, and my sense of style is relatively concrete. My mom realized this, and last week she accomplished something that I believed to be impossible. She bought me an outfit that I didn’t want to immediately return.

And Cory has figured it out as well. I am very lucky to have married a man who can pick out jewelry that I actually like. I now feel like a real adult with my Big Girl Watch ;)

Random Story #2: Last night was Date Night, so Cory and I headed to Bonefish. We knew that Bang Bang Shrimp was a given, but it took us a while to decide if we wanted anything else.

Enter: Cocktails and a copious amount of bread.

And then the Bang Bang was served. I was happy as a clam shrimp?

Once we inhaled the shrimp (and two servings of bread) we decided to split a salad. I want to punch myself in the face for admitting that we split a salad, but I was so freakin’ stuffed from said bread and breaded shrimp consumption.

Random Story #3: After Bonefish, we drove home and after I immediately changed into my PJs, I dedicated the majority of the night to giving this pooch a whole lotta lovin’.

Random Story #4: It needs no explanation.

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But if you don’t watch this show, you need to give me an explanation.

Let’s chat -

Do you have a Date Night restaurant? (with your boyfriend/husband or for girlfriend get togethers)

What’s your favorite sitcom? Modern.Family. Duh.

What’s one outfit that you loved as a kid, but now cringe at the thought? I wore purple biker shorts (they were cool!) with an oversized white shirt that had a big purple flower on the front. To accessorize, I wore a purple scrunchy on my wrist and I thought I was too hot to trot.. (Mom, whyyy!?)

 

Genghis Grill

Oh my goodness, is anyone else wondering where the weekend went?! It’s been relaxing here in my neck of the woods, but its’ just flow by!

Yesterday Cory and I attend our pre-cana class. I’d be lying if I said I was pumped about the situation, but I’d also be fibbing if I said I walked away without some valuable knowledge nuggets. More to come in a later post!

Genghis Grill

After the pre-cana, Cory and I went to this new restaurant, Genghis Grill, and it was so neat! It’s a Mongolian themed grill, and I was a fan because you get to make your own dish.

When you’re seated, you’re handed a metal bowl that you take through a salad bar-type line.

First you choose what protein you’d like. I mixed in some chicken and shrimp.

Next up is the spices and veggies. I threw in some peppers, onions, spinach, cilantro, mushrooms, salt and pepper.

We then picked a sauce – I can’t remember the exact name of the one I ended up with (because you could taste-test all of them) – but it was a teriyaki sauce that was pretty tasty!

Lastly we picked our starches – brown rice for me – and all the contents of our metal bowl were cooked on a huge grill while we went back to our table a to chat while we waited :)

After 10 or 15 minutes they brought us the delicious finished products!

I ate every bite, and I had to restrain myself from licking the bowl. The only aftermath complaint I have it that it was so salty. I’m positive it was the sauce that put me over the edge – so next time I’ll go much lighter with the teriyaki :)

I’m off to enjoy my Sunday – I hope you do the same!

Let’s chat – Have you tried any new restaurants lately? Or are you sticking with the tried-and-true?

Birthday Weekend Wrap-Up

Birthdays are a big deal in my world. I am a huge birthday diva and insist on celebrating a birthday week. Yeah, it happens.

Cory is no such diva.

But because it’s hard to celebrate a birthday on a Monday – darn that work thing – we did most of the celebrating this weekend :)

On Saturday morning, we ventured into DC and visited the Spy Museum!

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside. Let me tell you, though – is a very huge, very cool museum.

We learned so much about spies! I’m considering dropping out of my counseling program and starting a career of espionage. How does Special Agent Lunchbox sound? ;)

After the spy museum, we stopped by our favorite DC fro-yo shop!

Cheesecake fro-yo for lunch makes for two very happy campers :D

We spent the afternoon lounging around before getting dressed up for birthday surprise #2 – dinner at Texas de Brazil! I don’t know about you, but I love getting a little dolled up and going out to dinner.

We tried our best to play around with the self-timer just for this little blog ;)

We’re looking in to hiring a personal photographer ;) We just don’t have the self-timer skills.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Texas de Brazil, it’s literally a meat fest. Men walk around with huge skewers of meat like this

(Taken with my phone, sorry for the poor quality!)

And just keep slicing you pieces until you say stop. I did not partake in the meat fest, as their “salad” bar is top notch. Salmon pieces, cheeses, breads, olives, pastas, veggies…

I mean, how many salad bars have you seen that look like this?

I made two trips during Cory’s meat extravaganza. While I didn’t take the meat-route, I did eat an alarming amount of cheese and bread. I really think the restaurant should invest in stretchers to roll people out of there. We were stuffed!

Now it’s back to reality for the next 8 hours before I head over to Cory’s for more birthday celebrations – his parents are coming to town!

Happy, happy birthday, Cory! I hope 25 is the best year yet! 

Let’s chat – When’s YOUR birthday? Mine is October 5th!